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Introverts VS Extroverts: Differences In Communication Styles Between Each Type
By Mikelle Leow, 31 May 2017
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Even if you speak the same language, you might find trouble “clicking” with someone else. Or maybe you’ve found that you’ve been more closed up over the years, since people are likely to grow introverted with age.
You might, however, want to read on before you go on a ‘people detox’ and start cutting ties from those you deem to be on a different frequency. Writer Brandi Neal has posted an article on Bustle, comparing the communication styles between introverts and extroverts. Knowing how people from two extreme spectrums communicate will make it easier for you to reach out to them.
Check out the differences between the ways introverts and extroverts speak, and read Brandi’s full article for more.
Making them happy
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Extroverts: Extroverted people respond more strongly to rewards than introverts, according to an article on Science Alert. Psychologist Hans Jürgen Eysenck also studied extroverts and introverts by their base line of arousal, and found that extroverts required more excitement to be satisfied.
Introverts: In comparison to extroverts, introverts need less stimulation to be satisfied. While an extrovert might want to explore away from the beaten path to get enjoyment, an introvert might be content with a leisurely bike ride down the park.
Talking on the phone
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Extroverts: Evidently, extroverts are more inclined towards making and taking phone calls, in contrast to introverts. Extroverts view phone calls as quick and efficient ways to attain information. Spontaneously picking up the phone to call someone “just because” can also seem fun and exciting to them.
Introverts: Introverts generally aren’t too keen on surprises, including phone calls. The ringing itself is already unsettling enough. Author Sophia Dembling says on Psychology Today, “It rings and we are expected to tear our minds away from whatever they were focusing on and refocus on whoever is on the other end of the line and whatever he or she has to say. This makes my brain hurt. My mind doesn’t change direction easily.”
Introverts also dislike the lack of visual cues a phone call provides—it makes it difficult for them to concentrate on the conversation. The worst part of telephone conversations? Small talk.
“If you’re an extrovert calling an introvert send a text first asking them to talk, and if you can do FaceTime or Skype so they can read your non-verbal cues that’s even better,” Bustle suggests.
Communicating at work
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Extroverts: Collaborating with others activates the reward-receiving part of the brain for extroverts. They’ll also appreciate if they’re given a space to think out loud. Entrepreneur recommends allotting group work to them, as it gives them access to face-to-face communication and allows them to talk through problems.
Introverts: Generally, introverts prefer working alone and favor written communication. They’re not as likely as extroverts to speak up in meetings, and would rather lead a team of self-starters over micro-managing.
Read the full article on Bustle to find out four more ways to communicate with both introverts and extroverts.
[via Bustle, images via various sources]
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